Bible Ballistics: BBs #701 Acting Or Taking Action???
I have a simple and brief word for this morning, especially for those in the US—“God never says ‘oops’!” That’s Never! I could take off on a rant today, or I can do that which God has called me to do, and that’s to share HIS WORD with confidence and try to remind each of us that God’s Word has and will continue to stand the test of time. God never lies, and what He says will come to pass—in HIS time.
“Ye men of Israel, hear these words;
Jesus of Nazareth,
a man approved of God
which God did by him
in the midst of you,
as ye yourselves also know:
by the determinate counsel
and foreknowledge of God,
ye have taken,
and by wicked hands
24 Whom God hath raised up,
having loosed the pains of death:
because it was not possible
that he should be holden of it.” Acts 2:22-24
God set the times and seasons for the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ our Lord, and HE knew that HE sent HIS SON to die for my sin and yours! While the disciples couldn’t grasp the fact that their Master died for those three days HE was in the grave—I can’t even imagine the joy, amazement and wonder that filled them on that resurrection Sunday. We must learn from their experience and know that God didn’t lose track of anyone, HE is working, and we must STOP “doubting, pouting, and dropping outing” (as my former Pastor Brad McCoy often said) and do as Paul directed us in Ephesians 6! Take some time today and read it and think about what we are called to do: not sleep, sit or STOP living holy lives, but to “stand”! Ponder on the actions that we called to take—actions of faith, obedience and holy courage. Here’s a focused look at some key phrases in this passage.
“Finally, my brethren,
be strong in the Lord,
and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to stand
against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not
against flesh and blood, …
…13 Wherefore take unto you
the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to withstand
in the evil day,
and having done all,
14 Stand therefore,
having your loins girt about with truth,
….. 15 And your feet shod…
… 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith,
wherewith ye shall be able to quench
all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the Spirit, …
… 18 Praying always …..
… and watching …
… with all perseverance;” Portions of Ephesians 6:10-18
What kind of life are you living before the world? Before your family? Before your friends? Before your church family? Before your neighborhood? It’s your choice, but choose wisely, there is a test—and God already knows!
“Follow peace with all men,
no man shall see the Lord:” Hebrews 12:14
Amen and Amen!!!